British Music is one of the UK’s strongest assets. British artists are globally renowned and our industry contributes over £4.1bn to the British economy. It creates over 119,000 full time jobs in the process.
The eco-system that supports and promotes the music economy relies on a constantly refreshed pool of young and diverse creative talent. We must ensure we attract people into the industry from all walks of life and all backgrounds.
The Equality Act was introduced in 2010 and provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals in the workplace and in the wider community.
It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:
• Being or becoming a transsexual person
• Being married or in a civil partnership
• Being pregnant or having a child
• Race including colour, nationality ethnic or national origin
• Religion, belief or lack of religion/belief
• Sexual orientation
These ‘protected characteristics’ should be invisible to employers. People should be judged on their talent and ability.
Diversity is not an option for music. It is a necessity. UK Music is committed to helping music companies diversify and adopt fair and inclusive employment practices.
Responsibility for equality and diversity is shared by the UK Music Board and each of our member organisations.